When I wake up, I usually open Twitter to go with my coffee. Today is the first time I opened Mastodon first and the first interesting toot was about a barista. There are no coincidences.
Every day, in the morning, while drinking a tea, coffee, or Red Bull, I’d first launch Twitter and catch up on events. For the past two weeks, more or less unconsciously, I have been slowly transitioning to Reddit.
I think the problem is the people I follow — they’re just posting less. Perhaps I could change things up by following new people but Reddit is partly superior in this regard — I can just follow topics that interest me instead. This naturally leads to more disconnect with specific people but there’s so much more variety and content.
I can’t hide the fact that I’m extremely disappointed with how Twitter itself is being run and I’m sure these feelings influence my usage but it’s refreshing to know I have found an alternative of sorts, especially since Twitter will die for me the day they pull the plug on third-party clients, such as Tweetbot and Twitterrific.
Dear Twitter, you obviously don’t understand your own product or your users. Your infatuation with becoming something you are not will be the death of you, if you continue along this path. You lack apps on many OSes and the ones you do have aren’t very good. Stop this madness. Stop being delusional. Stop supporting evil. Do. The. Right. Thing. And bring back full API access to 3rd-party clients, whose creators actually understand our needs. #BreakingMyTwitter
I am still unsure about leaving Twitter but I am on Mastodon. You can find me @email@example.com. Come say hi.
The discussion under this tweet, in which a Twitter developer — Andy Piper — chimes in, is completely bizarre. I don’t know Andy, so I have no clue if he’s trolling or being extremely sarcastic — it sure seems that way — but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Tim Hetzel answered one of his questions with the following…
Sometimes I wish I could follow people’s tweets via RSS (without jumping through any hoops).
I was going to be nice and professional about it, write a few paragraphs about the future of the platform, but you know what… You don’t screw with the most loyal 1% of your users (which is a few million people in case you haven’t noticed).
Fuck you Twitter!
Tweetbot 3.0 for Mac dropped today! I’ve only had a few minutes to play with it so far, but it’s looking like a solid release — I’ve taken to some of the new functionality immediately.
The new 3.0 isn’t a free upgrade this time, which isn’t surprising, since we haven’t paid for the Mac version since 2012 and it’s 1.0 release. Since I practically live on Twitter, I had no qualms about the price, but your mileage may vary.
No complaints or regrets so far — I’m very happy with the new version.
Micro.blog seems like the only sensible alternative to Twitter and Facebook at the moment. I love that it’s built on open web technologies even if it isn’t yet as frictionless as Twitter. I strongly feel that this is the way to go in the age of closing everything down.
Surprising morning — Twitter appears to be down from my location, but fine when I VPNed myself to the UK. This hasn’t happened in a long time. I went to Micro.blog instead, but found that my timeline is a bit short. Discovered a cool iOS trick while editing this post though!
I love Twitter, but if anything happens to it, I will lose all my tweets — I’m still waiting for my archive, which I ‘ordered’ many months ago — so I’m considering microblogging here on Infinite Diaries instead. My inspiration for this post format comes from Manton Reece of course.
While I can understand being inspired by something and putting your own spin on it, I hate blatant copying. It’s hard to judge the new Instagram Stories any other way — they took what Snapchat created and integrated it into Instagram. While it’s true that some things are a bit different, it’s still theft. The surprising part is that I haven’t started hating Instagram, which has always been the preferred way to share my photography with the world. There is one feature that I would like to see added to Instagram Stories (or Snapchat for that matter), which would make it a better storytelling tool than it currently is…
Tapbots released Tweetbot 4.3 for iOS with a few new great features, making me want to pay them for their app all over again.